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International Space Station

  1. The International Space Station Gets A 3D Printer And A Crew Of Mousetronauts

    "Astromice" is probably more accurate, but the other has a better mouth feel.

    All together now: MICE...IN...SPAAAAAAACE!

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  2. This Definitive Spaceship Sizing Chart Will Blow Your Mind In Less Than Twelve Parsecs

    They're tore up plenty, but they'll fly true.

    Honorary space cowboy Dirk Loechel has just completed a mind-blowingly comprehensive 4,268 x 5,690-pixel chart that demonstrates the comparative size of virtually every beloved ship in all of sci-fi.

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  3. Astronauts Make Long Distance Calls From ISS To Elementary School Students

    Space: the most adorable frontier

    Wanna get children into science? Talking about it with them is a good start. Of course, if you're an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station, odds are you're going to get the kids' attentions a lot quicker than their parents or teachers can.

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  4. Today In Shut-The-Front-Door News, Cosmonauts Report Finding Microorganisms In Space

    This should shut that upstart Rosetta up.

    We need more GIFs of Mulder and Scully high-fiving: Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reports that cosmonauts have found microorganisms on the exterior of the International Space Station.

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  5. ISS Astronauts Tweet a Bunch of Pictures of Massive Typhoon Neoguri

    TL;DR: Astronauts are great at Twitter. Storms make us feel small.

    Whenever there's a big weather event, you can count on the astronauts aboard the International Space Station to send out some pretty amazing pictures to put it into perspective. Although, unlike when you try to put a bad day into perspective, putting a hurricane or a typhoon into perspective mostly just makes them look even scarier and more awe inspiring. More after the jump.

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  6. Hurricane Arthur as Seen by Astronaut Reid Wiseman on the ISS [Update]

    This is why following astronauts on Twitter is great.

    Before Hurricane Arthur made landfall in North Carolina yesterday astronaut Reid Wiseman snapped this picture from the International Space Station showing the storm's then newly formed eye. Even terrible things can look beautiful from space.

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  7. American Astronauts Get Heads Shaved After World Cup Defeat

    Important note: They basically use a Flowbee in space.

    As you probably know, the US lost to Germany in the World Cup the other day. As we mentioned, astronauts on the International Space Station had a bet on the game, and since the US lost Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson had their heads shave by German astronaut Alexander Gerst.

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  8. American and German Astronauts Play Soccer in Space, Have a Head-Shaving Bet on Today’s World Cup Match

    Soccer! In! Spaaaaaaaaace!

    I may not care about Earthbound soccer, but I could watch ISS astronauts Steve Swanson (left), Alexander Gerst (middle), and Reid Wiseman (right) play it in space all day long. Swanson and Wiseman are American and Gerst is German, and they've made a pretty interesting bet on today's match.

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  9. Watch Cosmonauts on a Spacewalk Outside the International Space Station From the Comfort of Earth

    Let's hope nobody almost drowns in their helmet!

    Today Cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev will leave the relative comfort and safety of the International Space Station for a scheduled six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk. You can watch the entire thing through NASA TV's live stream, and you don't even have to leave Earth.

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  10. Space Station Coffee Is About to Get Better, Will Still Be Made With Pee-Water

    Thanks, but I'll just have tea... oh that's pee-water too?

    Being an astronaut on the International Space Station is full of challenges -- chief among them according to Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano is the lack of decent coffee, and that guy nearly drowned in his own helmet on a space walk, so if he thinks coffee is the biggest problem then it's clearly a huge issue. Italy wants to fix that, so they're sending an espresso machine to space.

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